Lawson beats Pedregon, looking for consistency this weekend

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Local Joliet resident John Lawson might not be a regular on the NHRA tour, but he?s already beaten last year?s champion. At a match race in Cordova, Ill. in August, Lawson won the entire event, besting Corey Lee and 2003 NHRA POWERADE Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon along the way. Lawson also set the track record of 5.07/299 m.p.h. "It just confirms that we have the talent and ability to get down the track and make things happen. We just need the backing to be consistent." Lawson is sponsored this weekend by ReadyHosting.com, a Kenosha, Wisconson based company that hosts web sites. ReadyHosting.com president, Dave Frikee, said, ?I love working with the Lawsons. They definitely are the local favorites, and they?ve proven they can win." Lawson says, "I just want to be consistent, go fast and get down the track this weekend. I know [Crew Chief] Mark [Oswald] has things ready to go." Oswald is no stranger to the winner's circle, boasting three Top Fuel runner-up trophies alongside his 1984 NHRA Funny Car Championship. "I don't want to work with anyone else," says Oswald of his relationship with Lawson. "We just know how to make things work together. "This weekend will definitely be a challenge because we only have a couple of runs with the new 85% rule. And, we?re running on new tires too. We have the rest of the car dialed in, so, we should be competitive." Lawson has definitely gone rounds at this Route 66 Raceway track, winning the inaugural event in Top Alcohol Funny car, and making the semi-finals in the spring of 2003, besting John Force and Ron Capps in the process. Lawson is supported by his entire family ? his wife of 29 years, Lisa, and his five daughters: Dawn, 28; Kathy, 26; Angie, 24; Samantha, 16; and Jonni, 15. Even his three grandchildren and his mother are here to root this local boy to victory. Along with ReadyHosting.com, Lawson is sponsored this weekend by South Holland Dodge, A and R Transport, Mac?s Tap, Concrete by M&J, Heroes & Legends, Steve Spiess Construction, and Gilbert Trucking. To learn more about ReadyHosting.com and the $99/year web hosting special, visit their web site. For all the latest information about John Lawson and Lawson Family Racing, visit them online at lawsonfamilyracing.com. -30-
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